March 3, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A five-goal performance up front and a 14-save showing by a rookie netminder were recognized by the BIG EAST on Monday with weekly men's lacrosse awards. Marquette redshirt senior Bryan Badolato and St. John's freshman goalkeeper Joe Danaher each picked up their first career weekly honors from the BIG EAST when they were named the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.
St. John's is back in the polls this week, cracking the USILA rankings at No. 19 and the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media voting at 20th. Villanova received votes in both polls on Monday, while Providence garnered points in the coaches' balloting.
The Red Storm is at No. 17/18 Drexel on Tuesday at 1 p.m., while Providence heads to Fairfield at 4 p.m. and Rutgers visits 20th-ranked Army at 7 p.m. All seven teams are set for action on Saturday.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
BRYAN BADOLATO, MARQUETTE R-Sr., A, West Islip, N.Y.
Badolato notched a career-high five goals and accounted for nearly half of his team's offense in Saturday's 16-12 loss at Marist. The redshirt senior scored his first tally in the second quarter to stop a 6-0 run for the Red Foxes, and his last goal came at the 7:28 mark of the fourth to lift the Golden Eagles within 12-10. He's second on the team with 10 points and tied for second with seven goals.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
JOE DANAHER, ST. JOHN'S Fr., GK, Massapequa, N.Y.
Danaher made a career-best 14 saves in his third career start to backstop the Red Storm to a 14-9 win over Siena on Saturday. He also added a groundball. Danaher faced 53 Siena shots with 23 of them fired on goal. He stands third in the big east averaging 10.33 saves per game.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
SEAN WRIGHT, PROVIDENCE Sr., A, Silver Spring, Md.
STEFAN DIACHENKO, ST. JOHN'S Jr., M, Courtice, Ontario
Set career highs in goals with three and points with four in the Red Storm's 14-9 victory over Siena on Saturday.
Tallied seven points on four goals and three assists over two games. Notched his 100th career point on a goal against Quinnipiac on Saturday.
NICK CONTINO, RUTGERS Sr., D, Branchburg, N.J.
Marked Stony Brook's Brody Eastwood and held him to just one goal in Saturday's 12-9 loss. Eastwood entered the game second in the country averaging 4.33 goals per game.
RICH RAMBO, RUTGERS Jr., M, Abington, Pa.
Logged career bests with three goals, four points and four groundballs in Saturday's 12-9 defeat against Stony Brook. Scored one-third of his team's goals versus the Seawolves.
AUSTIN FREDERICK, VILLANOVA Fr., M, Baltimore, Md.
Notched four points on the week. Scored the overtime game-winner in Tuesday's 11-10 comeback win over No. 15 Drexel and added two assists in Saturday's 11-9 loss to Delaware.